Windows 10: Want to delete Admin account, but keep programs installed...

  1.    07 Jun 2016 #1

    Want to delete Admin account, but keep programs installed...


    I'll be taking my roommate's current Windows 10 laptop on Thursday. She set my account up on her current system today. If I delete her account on Thursday, when I take over the system, will all her programs uninstall as well?
    (She has Chrome, CCleaner and Origin I'd like to keep installed for my use)

    When she set my account up, she DID set me as administrator (which is good) and all the programs I want to keep WERE available, we just had to pin them to my taskbar.

    I had to download the APPS I wanted (Twitter and FB), but all the programs she manually installed were available for me to use.

    Is it possible to delete her user account, yet keep all the downloaded/installed programs on the system?

    If so, do I have to do anything special besides just deleting her account?

    (Please ignore the Chrome OS... This is what I am using to post this. )
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  2. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1607 Build 14393.693
       08 Jun 2016 #2

    As long as the account you have been given is an Admin account then you can safely delete her old account. It sounds as if you have already checked that you have access to all the programs you need so you will be OK.

    If you need to check on how to delete her account use the following tutorial: User Account - Delete in Windows 10

    BTW: Welcome to the TenForums
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  3. davidhk's Avatar
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    windows 10 Home threshold2
       08 Jun 2016 #3

    To : thecpchick,

    This is an off-topic reply but I just want to share with you.
    I use an external media ( USB or hard drive ) to copy the exe files of all the 3rd party programs I have installed.
    In the event of a Clean Install or a new computer, I can plug in the external media, right click at the exe file and start installing.
    I don't have to google for the programs, then download, then install.
    When one has to install/reinstall a dozen or more programs, my method saves a lot of time.
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  4. MoxieMomma's Avatar
    Posts : 824
    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       08 Jun 2016 #4

    Hi, @thecpchick:

    At the risk of coming across as the skunk at the garden party or a member of the tinfoil-hat brigade, I'll offer this advice:

    If you are "inheriting" a used computer, no matter how well you know the donor, the safest, "best practices" thing to do would be to wipe the drive, reinstall Windoze and start fresh.
    There's no way for you to know what lurks on this system (malware and other privacy vulnerabilities, corruption, software conflicts, etc.)

    There are many fine tutorials and many fine expert forum members to assist you with that.
    IMHO it would be worth the extra time "up front" for peace of mind and down the road for security/stability.

    Just my two cents and worth less,

    MM
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  5.    09 Jun 2016 #5

    MoxieMomma said: View Post
    Hi, @thecpchick:

    At the risk of coming across as the skunk at the garden party or a member of the tinfoil-hat brigade, I'll offer this advice:

    If you are "inheriting" a used computer, no matter how well you know the donor, the safest, "best practices" thing to do would be to wipe the drive, reinstall Windoze and start fresh.
    There's no way for you to know what lurks on this system (malware and other privacy vulnerabilities, corruption, software conflicts, etc.)

    There are many fine tutorials and many fine expert forum members to assist you with that.
    IMHO it would be worth the extra time "up front" for peace of mind and down the road for security/stability.

    Just my two cents and worth less,

    MM
    The problem with that is our Internet connection is only DSL, and the Version 1511 update took 5+ hours alone! I DON'T want to go through that again, if I really don't have to.

    If we move within the next 3-6 months and get a faster connection, I will take your advice quickly, but right now, it's just NOT doable. :-/
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  6. MoxieMomma's Avatar
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    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       09 Jun 2016 #6

    Hi:

    It sounds as if the laptop was a Win10 upgrade, I guess. Well, I'm sure there's a way to get the Win10 ISO and to perform the clean reinstall without 5 hours of downloading (such as downloading the Win10 installer on another, faster network).
    But, if you're comfortable with things as they are, then that's fine with me.

    Cheers,
    MM
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  7.    09 Jun 2016 #7

    Nope, Bought new with Windows 10 Home from Amazon, but it was manufactured before Version 1511 was released.

    MoxieMomma said: View Post
    Hi:

    It sounds as if the laptop was a Win10 upgrade, I guess. Well, I'm sure there's a way to get the Win10 ISO and to perform the clean reinstall without 5 hours of downloading (such as downloading the Win10 installer on another, faster network).
    But, if you're comfortable with things as they are, then that's fine with me.

    Cheers,
    MM
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